World Golf Championships

Day leaves Match Play as mother battles lung cancer

Defending champion Jason Day tearfully withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play after six holes Wednesday so he could be with his mother when she has surgery for lung cancer.

Day said his mother, Dening, was diagnosed in Australia at the start of the year and told she had 12 months to live. He brought her to Ohio in the last month for more tests, hopeful that surgery would lead to a chance for a recovery.

"It's really hard to even comprehend being on the golf course right now because of what she's gone through," Day said after taking a moment to clear his voice and wipe tears from his face. "I'm glad I brought her over here. And it's been really hard...

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